The struggle for equality has taken many forms over the years as different groups have sought full participation in American society. The inclusion of a group in anti-discrimination or hate crimes legislation is nothing more than recognition that the promise of economic freedom and physical security still eludes many Americans. Legislation prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation has, at times, been drafted to include protection for individuals based on their gender identity, a person’s own sense of identification as male or female, or gender expression. The JCPA supports state and federal legislation that would extend civil rights protections to individuals based on their real or perceived gender identity or expression. As with legislation such as the Employment Non Discrimination Act, we support the inclusion of a carefully drawn exemption for religious institutions.
We encourage support for legislation that would extend civil rights protections to individuals based on their real or perceived gender identity and expression.